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Forge & Vine, Groton, Massachusetts

Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts
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Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts

Forge & Vine opened in October 2018, adding a sizzling new dining destination to Groton’s fine dining scene. This signature restaurant of the inn was named for a former blacksmith shop and is in a new freestanding building adjacent to the Groton Inn.

wood fired grill, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts
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wood fired grill, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts

Centered on an eight-foot wood fired grill, raw bar and and open kitchen, it is a distinctive dining experience. You can hear, smell and feel the vibe from the moment you enter.

raw bar, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, MA
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raw bar, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, MA

The design incorporates the basic elements wood, fire, metal, and water. Floor-to-ceiling windows along the back wall open bring in natural light and views of the moon rising over the rolling hills. Screens roll up or down to control incoming light.

pastry chefs at work, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts
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pastry chefs at work, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts

Seats at Forge & Vine fill quickly, primarily with the 30s to 60s crowd, even midweek. Don’t have a reservation? Take a chance. Twenty-five percent of the seating is set aside for walk-ins, and cocktails are available while you wait.

Straws are paper, not plastic. There is also an app for take-away, which includes the popular rotisserie chickens and biodegradable cutlery.

The 5,000 square foot restaurant has a total seating capacity of 156. There is al fresco dining for 32 on the deck, a 26 seat bar, a four season dining room with a fireplace, and a private dining room for 20 with moveable walls, allowing for as much inclusion of the ambient activity as you please.

kitchen and seating, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts
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kitchen and seating, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts

The best seats in the house allow you to interact with the chefs while you dine. Seating is first-come, first served. Of you are lucky, you might snag one of the six counter seats by the open kitchen and be right at the hub of the action.

Much planning went into creating this unique environment. Sound engineers incorporated Tectum ceilings and neoprene on the beams to control acoustics and allow for comfortable conversations despite the lively ambience. Lighting is directed to distinctly brighten each dining space while maintaining a subdued, sophisticated overall illumination.

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Executive Chef Patrick Bassett, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts

 

 

The staff contributes a wealth of ideas and experience. Executive Chef Patrick Bassett, formerly of Boston’s L’Espalier and Cape Cod’s 5-star Wequassett Resort and Golf Club arrived before construction began.

 

 

 

 

The seasonal New England cuisine incorporates fresh, locally sourced ingredients and New England seafood. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options are offered.

New England Cheese Plate with local honey, apricot jam and spiced nuts, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts
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New England Cheese Plate with local honey, apricot jam and spiced nuts, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts

You might want to start with the cornbread topped with maple butter, made from a special finely ground meal from South Carolina and the spicy, meaty ribs.

Corn Bread with maple butter, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts
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Corn Bread with maple butter, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts

Chilled Seafood Platter with oysters, cocktail shrimp, and crab claws, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts
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Chilled Seafood Platter with oysters, cocktail shrimp, and crab claws, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spicy Sausage Flatbread with house-made sausage, ricotta, pickled peppers, and oregano, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts
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Spicy Sausage Flatbread with house-made sausage, ricotta, pickled peppers, and oregano, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn

Brown Butter Seared Scallops starter with Brussels sprouts and sweet potato hash, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts
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Brown Butter Seared Scallops starter with Brussels sprouts and sweet potato hash, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorites entrées include the potato crusted cod in a smoked bacon-leek fondue and the wood-fired dry-aged ribeye for two with Bordelaise sauce.

Berkshire Pork Chop, whole grain mustard jus, brussels sprouts, and sweet potato-apple hash, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts
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Berkshire Pork Chop, whole grain mustard jus, brussels sprouts, and sweet potato-apple hash, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts

10 oz. Strip Steak with Bayley Hazen blue cheese, wilted greens, confit potatoes, and garlic croutons, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts
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10 oz. Strip Steak with Bayley Hazen blue cheese, wilted greens, confit potatoes, and garlic croutons, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loaded Sweet Potato with nuts, seeds, green onions, and goat cheese, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts
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Loaded Sweet Potato with nuts, seeds, green onions, and goat cheese, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts

Roasted Cauliflower with Marcona almonds and raisins, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts
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Roasted Cauliflower with Marcona almonds and raisins, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desserts reflect the flavors of the season. The light yet satisfying heirloom squash pot de crème with maple cream, the crunch of pepita brittle, and touch of thyme is a grande finale to an exceptional dining experience.

Heirloom Squash Pot de Crème, Forge & Vine, Groton, Inn, Groton, Massachusetts
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Heirloom Squash Pot de Crème with maple cream, pepita brittle, and thyme, Forge & Vine, Groton, Inn, Groton, Massachusetts

Spice Cake with cream cheese icing, buttered pecans, poached apples and bourbon ice cream, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton
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Spice Cake with cream cheese icing, buttered pecans, poached apples and bourbon ice cream, Forge & Vine, Groton Inn, Groton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forge & Vine is open seven days a week from 4 p.m.

The Groton Inn

128 Main Street

Groton, MA 01450

978.448.6600

info@theGrotonInn.com

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